I’ve said it before, but the mountains of Colorado have always pulled at my heart. I haven’t been online much the past couple of days, because I needed a little break. And I find nothing but serenity in the mountains.
During that time, however, I got the chance to visit Golden Gate Canyon State Park. I’ve been here before, but this time I went because it was close to town and there was already a storm rolling into the state. It’s not so much that I mind rain or snow, but I just wanted to relax and refresh my mind. I wasn’t into a strenuous challenge at all.
The hike was relatively short and covered just about 4 miles round trip. I also walked at a leisurely pace and completed the hike in less than 3 hours. Unfortunately, it reminded me that I’m out of shape. 😊 When I got home, I was exhausted, but I was without stress, without worry and slept wonderfully.
It made me think, however, about anxiety. Sometimes, I think I have struggled with anxiety and self-esteem my entire life. I often think that when I was a child and my parents took me hiking, I always felt great, but sitting at home always had me worried. Worry and anxiety seems to have manifested itself in me, physically at times – nail biting, fidgeting, worry lines in my forehead (these are really gross, by the way), etc.
I have always found the most peace in being focused on something – reading, learning, doing something with my hands, etc. I have always found the most stress relief in physical activity – martial arts, hiking, lifting weights, playing physical games, sex (granted, not always good for me, but a physical stress relief nonetheless), etc.
But I know one thing is certain: I Love Hiking.